INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (6-2) returned from a 1-2 Old Spice Classic to the friendly confines of Hinkle Fieldhouse to defeat North Dakota 79-64.
The Bulldogs put North Dakota (2-5) away early in the 2nd half. Butler went on a 33-6 run and led by as many as 28 points.
Butler was led by Kellen Dunham with 29 points on 9/15 shooting from the field including 5/8 from three point range. The sophomore guard was also 6/6 from the free throw line and collected 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Senior Khyle Marshall also added 21 for the Bulldogs. Marshall shot 9/16 form the floor and added 7 rebounds.
Butler had their second best shooting performance of the season against North Dakota. The Bulldogs shot 29/56 (51.8%) from the field including 5/12 (41.7%) from three point range.
North Dakota didn't fare as well against Butler. They shot just 24/65 (36.9%) from the field including 5/18 (27.8%) from three.
Butler and North Dakota went back and forth early on as the Bulldogs struggled to grab control of the game. However with 4:42 left in the 1st half, Butler began their run to end the half. The Bulldogs finished the half on an 18-2 run and that continued into the beginning of the 2nd half.
The Bulldogs took a 39-22 lead into halftime.
Junior forward Kameron Woods continued his dominant play on the glass. The Kentucky-native is leading the Big East in rebounding and had 9 rebounds on the night. Woods also had 7 points.
In the 2nd half it was more of the same for the Bulldogs early on. Butler continued their run, finally ending it with 15:14 left and leading 54-26.
It looked as though the substitutes for Butler would play much of the 2nd half, but North Dakota made an effort to come back. North Dakota began to hit a few shots and the starters returned to strengthen the lead that had dwindled below twenty.
However the lead was just too much and soon the reserves returned.
One reason Butler's lead shrunk in the second half was the sloppy play against the press of North Dakota. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 17 times, while North Dakota had just 7 turnovers.
Notes: Erik Fromm had one of his best games of the season against North Dakota. The senior forward was aggressive and scored 8 points including a baseline one handed dunk. He also finished with 2 rebounds...Alex Barlow finished scoreless, but added 4 rebounds and 4 assists, but was once again in foul trouble...Brown led all players off the bench with 15 minutes, while Nolan Berry recorded a career high 11 minutes and scored a career high 4 points...Butler won the rebounding margin 44-28...Attendance was 6,355.
It was over when...Butler ended the first half on an 18-2 run to open up a 39-22 lead over North Dakota. Butler's run continued into the 2nd half and it was too much to overcome.
Stat of the Game: 51.8 Butler's shooting percentage against North Dakota. It was their second best shooting game of the season (54.3% against Lamar).